Back when I was a kid in the 60’s, and a teen in the 70’s, McDonald’s actually used to be really good! Especially those fries! They were salty, and a little greasy, and everyone fought over the “wobbly ones”! Those were the best! (And come to find out, much healthier than the ones they sell today!!)
My hubby and I can’t eat there anymore, though. I haven’t liked their “food” in many years. But especially about 20+ years ago, I noticed how sick it made me feel. My hubby even worse.
The next to last time we ate there, because we won a few free coupons, it REALLY made us feel BAD inside. It was quite a shock to our systems and tastebuds, as it had been years since we had eaten their food. We swore that it was the last time. EVER. That we would go there. (We never did even use all of the coupons. I put all the rest in the mailbox for the mail lady to use and share with the neighborhood kids).
But then one day, they had the once-in-a-blue-moon, reclusive-exclusive-rarely available, “McRib” out again.
My hubby swore by them, and, after much begging and savvy convincing, finally talked me into it. I had never had one before, as they almost never sell them because they don’t make as big of a profit off of them (go figure!), so I finally caved and said, “Just this once, and if it makes us sick again, this is it!”.
Well, it didn’t make us sick. My hubby seemed to really enjoy his, and I rather liked it, too. I admit it. I liked it. I didn’t love it, let’s not go overboard, but it really wasn’t that bad for fast food. (Especially McDonald’s). Would I eat another one? All I can say is – – maybe. If my hubby was begging and I was absolutely exhausted, he’d probably get his way.
But I thought, why not try to just make my own. And then maybe he won’t want the molded pork patty made from pork scraps shaped in a wavy pattern to resemble ” faux ribs” ever again. (I know, I’m soooo mean! But I crossed my fingers that I could come up with something at least a little better.)
Seriously, homemade is always better! No offense, McDonald’s. 😉
So, I definitely wasn’t going to grind up “pork pieces, parts ‘n scraps” in the food processor, (nor good pork shoulder, either!), mold it together, and cook it on a griddle to form it into a “faux rib patty” thing.
Oh hell no.
I wanted a real boneless rib sandwich. Kept simple though to resemble theirs, with a slightly doctored quality barbecue sauce, and homemade pickles!
I also wanted to dress it with thinly sliced onions more evenly, instead of just 3-4 thick-cut chunks sparsely dispersed like how the one I had was. Huge hunks of onion just aren’t pleasant and are hard to digest, too.
If you like chunks of onion, though, go for it! But if you’re burping “onion breath” all night, don’t say I didn’t warn ya! (*You can also, of course, use store-bought pickles. I just coincidently make VERY good homemade ones, so I used those!)
The dry rib rub is first, and it comes together quickly. Since the McRib boasts having a “smokey” flavor, I used smoked salt in the rub (as well as the sauce!) I highly recommend that you pick some up if you don’t have any. You’ll really enjoy using it all summer long! Really good in anything that you want a touch of smokiness to!
The ribs get a nice coating of the rub, are wrapped tightly in foil, and slow-baked until fall apart-tender. This is key and very important! This must be achieved and is exactly what you want so that you can easily remove the bones, keeping the whole slabs of meat still intact!
They come out VERY easily, and you end up with slabs of boneless ribs!!
It’s lastly coated with some seriously good, doctored barbecue sauce, and lightly baked to set.
Slather the backside first, then the top!
Just look how gorgeous!! You can do this when serving these to company for dinner, too, so that they can be eaten knife & fork or fork ‘n fingers-style, and your guests don’t end up covered in sauce!
Then, you just pile everything onto your soft Italian rolls, and tadaaaa! A wonderful, Barbecued Boneless Rib Sandwich!!
There’s no need anymore to crave and wait and crave and wait to purchase a “McRib” sandwich until you see gray hairs. You can make it even better homemade! This one is soooo easy to make, too! You got this! 😉
Yea. These’ll do. 😉
I think that you’ll also love how easily and quickly the rib meat reheats in the microwave, too! Makes for VERY fast and delicious sandwiches the next day! And it goes a nice long ways, too. You should get about 8 – 10 sandwiches out of these! More if served on small buns, and enough for a party if served on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls as sliders!
I hope you enjoy my incredibly delicious
Boneless Barbecued Rib Sandwich as much as we did!!
They were really wonderful!!!
And they received the highest seal of approval by the hubs, too! 😉
If curious, here are the actual McD’s “McRib” ingredients (*over 70 en total, though):
McRib Pork Patty:
Pork, water, salt, dextrose, preservatives (BHA, propyl gallate, citric acid)
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, yeast, high fructose corn syrup, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, corn meal, wheat gluten, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, dextrose, sugar, malted barley flour, cultured wheat flour, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), calcium propionate (preservative), soy lecithin.
Water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, molasses, natural smoke flavor (plant source), food starch-modified, salt, sugar, spices, soybean oil, xanthan gum, onion powder, garlic powder, chili pepper, sodium benzoate (preservative), caramel color, beet powder
(*Does not include the pickles or anything they add to the onions.)
**Mine has a few ingredients, too, but certainly not anywhere near over 70!!! (Even including the seasonings, sauce and rolls!)
My homemade Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles.
My homemade Bread ‘n Butter Refrigerator Pickles.
Dry Rib Rub:
Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Sauce:
Rest of Ingredients:
*Photo credit: The “Original McDonald’s “McRib” Sandwich” photo taken by the McDonald’s Corporation.
(The rest were all taken by me, of course).